Exams coming up?

This event is being jointly organised by the Students Union and Library and Learning Resources.

bcusu  LLR

We aim to start this event off by having a ‘raising awareness’ session on Monday 8 May in Curzon Atrium.  At this session we are inviting service providers from across the University (Centre for Academic Success, Student Affairs, Complaints team, MIND, SCRATCH radio, Graduate+, Students Union and of course Library and Learning Resources) to have a stand to promote how their service can help students through the stressful time of their exams.

The remaining sessions will run through May and June across campus libraries.  These sessions range from:

Adult colouring

Bubble wrap stations

Exam Tips + promotion of water fountains and free plastic cups

Chill Out zones

Yoga sessions

Table Top games

Anxiety and Mindfulness workshops

Book displays

The majority of these events will run at City Centre campus, but are open to all students.

Students Union will be producing posters to market the event and give further details about each individual session.  These posters will be displayed in prominent sites at each campus.


^ Jaspreet Singh, Sheryl Amesbury and Janet Fox

We need you… Part 2

Graduate PlusLLR

We need students to take part in some focus groups to help us understand your perspective on navigating around our systems to access library resources.

You would be required to attend two sessions, one in May this academic year, and one next academic year in the Spring term.

Each session lasts 2 hours and involves

  1. Scenario based activities to enable us to detail your experiences of accessing library resources. We will assess your customer journey in terms of ease, quality and emotional response.
  2. Focus group discussion

We value your input because understanding your perspectives and hearing ‘your’ voice are essential to the development of our processes and services.

The dates for Session 1 are:

Tuesday 2nd May 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Thursday 4th May 10am – 12noon

Tuesday 9th May 1pm – 3pm

If you are interested in participating please email llrservicedevelopment@bcu.ac.uk 

Participation counts towards your Silver award.

^This was posted on behalf of BCU Graduate+ and Library and Learning Resources.

We need you… Part 1

Graduate PlusLLR

We are looking for as many 1st and 2nd year BCU students as possible to take part in our online survey.

The survey involves completing a scenario based question around finding library resources via our library systems.

We value your input because understanding your perspectives and hearing ‘your’ voice are essential to the development of our processes and services.

If you are interested in participating please email ebase@bcu.ac.uk

Participation counts towards your Bronze award.


^This was posted on behalf of BCU Graduate+ and Library and Learning Resources.

“Wave Goodbye” – Conservatoire Library Stories Part 5

The Birmingham Conservatoire Library closes its doors for the last time on Friday 9th June 2017.

Today we continue with the history of the library

1970s onwards

One of the first discussions that took place when the Birmingham School of Music became part of the then-Birmingham Polytechnic, was the facilities and borrowing arrangements in the new Paradise Circus location. Sue Clegg was the first music Librarian appointed in the new library, and she quickly organised the stock properly for the first time – filling in the gaps where there were omissions, cataloguing the collection so that it could be searched, and forging links with the Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham University Music Library, and the CBSO.

£1000 was given to the library for purchase of TV and video equipment, and the library was also instructed to make provision for the growing interest in the study of electronic music. In 1978 Sue Clegg also appealed for more money to cover growing binding costs, as well purchase of cassettes, and new vocal and orchestral sets.

In 1981, the library finally got a security system to stop stock loss – this included Tattletape and security gates. Recommendations were also made this year to expand the library, as in the years since the move to Paradise Circus, the space had already been outgrown and had been considered insufficient by the CNAA who validated the degree courses. The library was extended in 1983.

MU retro 5

MU retro 6

In the Centenary souvenir programme (1986), then Librarian Stella Thebridge wrote:

The library today would amaze not only those students of 50 or 100 years ago, but also those who studied here only 20 years ago. Those who would have been pleased to trace a piece of music in a card catalogue will find computerised catalogues giving details of holdings not only of this library but of 50 others round the country. The student who would have welcomed the opportunity to hear a record in the library can now switch from an opera on video, via a traditional cassette or record to the pure strains of a compact disc. History is constantly around us at the School of Music library. Music does not date, and it is thrilling to open a piece and find a signature flourished by Granville Bantock, a dedication by Liszt or Holst or a performance direction noted by Harold Gray to be passed on to the CBSO

MU retro 1

Our history of the Conservatoire Library continues in two weeks.

Our thanks to John Smith who provided the above information via extracts from the School of Music Committee notes and Fanfare Magazine.

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Collection Spotlight: Safeguarding Adults at Risk Information Hub (SAaRIH)

A collection spotlight

We have subscribed to Safeguarding Adults at Risk Information Hub (SAaRIH) which is a great online resource for practitioners and researchers who have an interest in adult safeguarding and protection.

Adult safeguarding hubThe hub provides links to the latest news and research in adult safeguarding, relevant policies and standards, and training resources to name a few.

To access this resource log into iCity, look for the red library tile, select Links then Find Resources then A-Z of Resources.